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Without Software-Defined Environments – There is No Next Generation Technology

Virtually every major new technology the world is waiting for – from 5G to virtualized machines – depends on software-defined environments (SDE). With the demand for virtualization staring you in the face, you must decide if you’ll do a major overhaul of your systems or move to SDE in smaller pieces.

Rock Stars of Software-Defined Environments provides you with an opportunity to get high-level insights (from a chief data science officer, 3 CTOs, and 2 VPs from the top companies you want to hear from) and real solutions to your specific problems.


What You'll Learn

  • What are the key enablers for the effective use of software-defined machines? What’s working? What needs work?
  • How to conquer the security challenges of next-generation, software-defined data centers.
  • How to implement software-defined networks in large infrastructures.
  • How to be technology agnostic and never be blindsided by a new technology again.
  • How to perpetually improve the mobile user experience regardless of network speed or device sophistication.
  • Disruptions about to result from the technical and market evolution of enterprise storage technology, servers, and networks.
  • The role that OpenAPIs, OpenFlow, and OpenStack play in software-defined environments.







September 27, 2016 - Washington, DC Metro Area







Steve Orrin
Kenneth Spangler
Josh Greenbaum

Steve Orrin

CTO, Federal Division, Intel Security

Steve Orrin is Chief Technologist for Intel Corp’s Federal Division & Intel Federal LLC and is responsible for Cyber Security and Cloud Strategy, Solution Architecture and Engagements. Steve has held architectural leadership positions at Intel where he has led strategy and projects on Identity, Anti-malware, HTML5 Security, Cloud and Virtualization Security, and is the creator of Trusted Compute Pools Secure Cloud Architecture and co-author of NIST’s IR-7904 Trusted Geo-Location in the Cloud”. Steve joined Intel as part of the acquisition of Sarvega, Inc. where he was their CSO. Steve was previously CTO of Sanctum, a pioneer in Web application security testing and firewall software. Prior to joining Sanctum, Steve was CTO and co-founder of LockStar, Inc. LockStar provided enterprises with the means to secure and XML/Web Service enable legacy mainframe and enterprise applications for e-business. Steve joined LockStar from SynData Technologies, Inc. where he was CTO and chief architect of their desktop e-mail and file security product.

Kenneth Spangler

FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight Systems

Ken Spangler is Senior Vice President, Information Technology, and CIO for FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight Systems. Ken is responsible for coordinating all information technology services for FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Custom Critical in the U.S. and Canada. Ken also leads the Operations Technology Innovation Team and the standardization of operation technologies across the FedEx enterprise via the FedEx Operations Planning and Technology Steering Committee. Ken’s work has been recognized with a number of industry awards, including Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award, CIO Magazine’s Ones to Watch in I.T. Award, and is also a 4-time winner of FedEx’s prestigious Five-Star Award. He has addressed advanced IT automation on CNBC-TV and is often invited to speak about management of technology, architecture and innovative technology uses in business. Ken has been in the transportation industry for 28 years, most of it with FedEx. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Joshua Greenbaum (panel moderator)

Enterprise Applications Consulting

Joshua has over 30 years of experience in the industry as a computer programmer, systems analyst, author, consultant, and industry analyst. Josh regularly consults with leading public and private enterprise software, database, infrastructure, implementation, and hardware companies, and advises end users on technology infrastructure and applications selection, development, and implementation issues.


Jim Aralis
Constantine Polychronopoulos
Jamie Thomas

Jim Aralis

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of R&D, Microsemi

Jim Aralis has served as chief technology officer and vice president of R&D for Microsemi since January 2007. He has more than 30 years experience in developing custom analog device and process technologies, analog and mixed-signal ICs and systems, and CAD systems. Jim played a key role in transitioning Microsemi to a virtually fabless model, supporting multiple process technologies including, high voltage and high power BCD/CMOS, high power high integration CMOS, GaAs, SiGe, IPD, RF CMOS SoI, GaN, SiC, and several high-density packaging technologies. Jim earned a bachelor of science degree in Math Applied Science and Physics and a master of science in electrical engineering from UCLA. He holds 9 patents for circuit and system design.

Constantine Polychronopoulos, PhD

VP and CTO, Service Provider Platforms,
Citrix Systems

Constantine Polychronopoulos is currently VP and CTO, Service Provider Platforms, at Citrix Systems. In 2000 he founded Bytemobile, Inc., the global leader in wireless network optimization and data services which was acquired by Citrix Systems in 2012. Before founding ByteMobile he was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Polychronopoulos’ research results have been used in commercial software and hardware systems by Intel, Cray, Silicon Graphics, Convex, HP, and other high performance computer system manufacturers. He holds 10 patents and has published more than 140 research papers on parallel and multithreading computer architectures and compilers, distributed and cloud computing, wireless networks and mobile computing. Seven of his publications have received Best Paper awards at ACM and IEEE conferences. Dr. Polychronopoulos has received various awards and recognitions including the 1989 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1998 Bodossaki Foundation Award in Engineering, and was named a Pascal Chair at the University of Leiden in 2000. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, his MS from Vanderbilt University and his BSc from the University of Athens.

Jamie Thomas

General Manager,
Systems Strategy and Development,
IBM Systems

Jamie Thomas is responsible for Strategy, Development and Client Experience for IBM’s POWER, Mainframe and Storage Offerings. In this role, she is responsible for setting and executing the innovation plans required to support clients worldwide. In addition, Ms. Thomas owns IBM’s WW Supply Chain Operations supporting all manufacturing. Recently she was General Manager of Storage, and set the strategic direction of storage solutions focused on traditional data center and cloud deployment models. She played a central role in establishing IBM’s software defined storage Spectrum brand and enabling the growth of the Flash storage business. During her tenure at IBM, Ms. Thomas has held various product development and brand leadership roles. Prior Ms. Thomas was the Vice President of IBM Tivoli Strategy and Development where she focused on strategic solutions in support of Internet of Things and Cloud.




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Morning Session: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Kenneth Spangler

FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight Systems

Business and Enterprise Architecture in an Increasingly Connected World

Technology has always had a transformative impact on business, and perhaps nowhere is this ongoing evolution more keenly apparent than in pervasive connectivity. Ken Spangler sees this extreme connectedness as a primary force shaping the strategic and tactical outlooks of the enterprise. For Spangler, embracing potential in an intertwined reality demands superior engineering and architecture that thrives in this environment. By looking critically at modern methodologies and modern technologies and placing a focus on the pillars of service, storage, servers, and software, Spangler and his team have positioned FedEx for success. Join Spangler for his perspectives and approaches to harnessing value in a connected world.

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Constantine Polychronopolous PhD

VP and CTO
Service Provider Platforms
Citrix Systems

Delivering the Mobile Internet Through Fast & Smart Networking

How do you ensure deployments of technology in more than 130 mobile operator networks in a short amount of time? How do you create transparent enablement of all services to all devices, tailored to larger carrier networks? Come and listen to answers to these and many other questions as the VP and CTO of Service Provider Platforms at Citrix shares how he used research in multithreading computer architectures and wireless network performance optimization to form the core of software defined mobile technology to solve a real problem -- high bandwidth data applications on low bandwidth voice networks; and to fulfill a real promise: the perpetual value of improving the mobile user experience, regardless of network speed or device sophistication.

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Jamie Thomas

General Manager
Systems Strategy and Development
IBM Systems

Optimizing for Next-Generation Workloads

Data is the new natural resource that is disrupting industries. To transform raw data into actionable insights that confer a business advantage, a new class of workload driven by a focus on analytics and cognitive ability like machine learning is emerging. Delivering these next-generation applications and services effectively requires a different kind of infrastructure – one that is able to manage the explosion in data volume while delivering the massive compute capacity that acts on this data efficiently. This session will discuss the principles and techniques of automating resources across compute and storage layers while retaining choice and flexibility for enacting an infrastructure that is optimized for next-generation workloads.

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Lunch: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Josh Greenbaum (moderator)

Enterprise Applications Consulting

PANEL: How to Make the Virtual World of Software Defined Environments a Reality

New levels of service, availability, and usability are the promise of Software Defined Environments. But getting the most out of this next generation of virtualization technology and services won’t happen without significant changes in how companies plan for, design, and deploy new technology assets. This panel will go behind the scenes and look at how companies can prepare for this new reality, and what needs to happen inside and outside the IT department to make Software Defined Environments a reality that lives up to the hype.


Jim Aralis

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of R&D

Software Defined Networking in Infrastructure

RF technologies, high speed and high power switching devices and subsystems, ultra low powered networked signal processing and communications,... Microsemi's CTO steps through the challenges and opportunities inherent in software defined network implementation within large infrastructures, how to review and evaluate all potential solutions by being technology agnostic, and to never be blindsided by a new technology.

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Steve Orrin

CTO, Federal Division

Taking On the Security Challenge in Software Defined Data Centers

In the Software Defined Systems revolution, data centers are leading the way, transforming from virtualized to private or public clouds. Key aspects of these cloud style data centers are the orchestration layers that automate application deployment, workload management, compute, network and storage provisioning. But with the cloud opportunities come significant security challenges. Network security has typically been deployed using physical or virtual appliances that offer firewalling, intrusion prevention, data loss prevention, web security, server security, and threat detection. This session faces these security challenges head on – a must for anyone involved with next generation data centers.

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Cocktail Reception 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.










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Rock Stars of Software-Defined Environments will be held at the The Hyatt Regency Reston. This upscale hotel in central Reston is 1.6 miles from the Wiehle-Reston East metro station, 3.2 miles from Reston Zoo and 5.9 miles from Dulles International Airport. Amenities include a chic American eatery, a lobby bar and a free airport shuttle. There's also a 24-hour gym, an indoor pool and a seasonal sundeck, plus a business center and meeting space. 
Located in the thriving heart of Reston Town Center, the Hyatt Regency Reston is surrounded by more than 50 retail stores, 30 restaurants, a movie theater and businesses. The largest, most renowned hotel in the Dulles Airport Corridor, with a free shuttle to and from the terminal only minutes from the hotel. If you have business or sightseeing plans in Washington DC, the capital is just 30 minutes away. 

Attend the Rock Stars of Software-Defined Environments

The Rock Stars of Software-Defined Environments will be held on September 27, 2016 at the The Hyatt Regency Reston.

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Phone: 703 709 1234

Directions to Hyatt Regency Reston from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) - 6.59 miles

From airport take Dulles Access Road East toward Washington, DC. At Reston, use Exit 12, Reston Parkway / VA 602 and make a Left on to Reston Parkway. Third traffic light turn left onto Bluemont Way.Turn right onto Presidents Street to Hyatt Regency Reston.

Directions to Hyatt Regency Reston from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport / Washington, DC (DCA) - 22 miles

Head North on the George Washington Memorial Parkway (crossing over into Virginia). Take the VA-123 exit toward Chain Bridge / McLean. Keep right at the fork to go on VA-123 S. Merge onto VA-267 W toward I-495 N / Dulles Airport (Portions toll). Take Reston Parkway / VA-602 exit- Exit 12. Keep Right at the fork to go on Reston Parkway / VA-602 N. At the second traffic light turn left onto Bluemont Way. Turn right onto Presidents Street to Hyatt Regency Reston.

Parking - Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel offers both valet parking and self-parking.






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September 27, 2016 Washington, DC Metro Area

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